The Hanse 385, "Invento Vela", is a fantastic performance cruiser, kept in near factory conditions. The owner has even installed new sails between 2017 - 2019 including a code-0, self-tacking Jib and Gennakker.
The Hanse 385 is a sensibly designed boat full of practical innovations that can only have been created by someone who knows exactly what it's like to go cruising under sail. Though she’s not exactly traditional in the classic sense, for a modern boat built to a price, she is surprisingly well thought through and is a sparkling performer under sail.
The overall look is bright and airy, thanks to the boat’s white head linings and bulkheads, while the saloon portlights and double deck hatches all open to provide excellent all-round air circulation. Full-length handrails run along each side of the saloon, which is lit with subtle LED strips at night—an excellent safety feature that creates a nice ambiance as well. The sturdy twin-leaf table has a bottle store in its base and a removable glass holder/drinks tray in the center. There is comfortable seating for six.
The L-shaped galley is a good size— especially in this two-cabin model, which has an additional cabinet and worktop. There’s a deep fridge with top and front access and the countertop is quartz-style with both sink and range covers providing additional preparation area.The "Ivento Vela" Has an additional refrigeration unit and microwave installed. The aft cabins have ample headroom, enough floor space to dress, and roomy berths. Two opening ports provide a through-flow of air, and a tall clothes locker has both hanging and shelf space, with a deep-fiddled shelf on top. The forward cabin is roomy with twin hatches and two hull lights. Two generous wardrobes provide clothes stowage, and there is more stowage beneath the berth in deep bins.
The market obviously demands boats that cross boundaries and offer multiple different qualities. A lot of volume for comfort and a feeling of spaciousness isn’t enough anymore. Boats have to sail well and be functional, which often was an afterthought in the past. Builders like Hanse have responded to this trend. However, this German builder also went an extra mile, trying to bridge the gap between creature comfort and sailing performance. Their latest generation of cruising vessels incorporates a more sporty attitude than most of their competitors. Hanse still makes cruising boats, but they clearly are approaching the performance cruiser segment. Even in light air, the Hanse 385 manages to satisfy with her self-tacking jib. She feels lighter and more agile than her competitors in this segment. The layout of the cockpit is pleasant and epitomises the idea of simple handling.